The 10,000 reasons of the title echoes the "10,000 years" of "Amazing Grace
." "We already had the '10,000 reasons' lyric in verse two," explained Redman. "So when it got to writing verse three, and we were on the theme of eternity, the idea came to mirror that '10,000' number and at the same time give a nod to the old hymn. I think that mirroring device is something I'd learned from listening to country music—Carrie Underwood's 'Temporary Home
' and Blake Shelton's 'The Baby
' are great (and more skilful!) examples of that. These songs have lyrical hooks, with a twist. As songwriters we can think so much about including melodic and musical hooks, which is really important, but we mustn't underestimate the impact of a lyrical hook too. It's a great songwriting device, but it's also a really helpful congregational one—making a song more instant and easy to grab on to."